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August 21, 2008

County awards bridge contract

The Los Angeles Board of Supervisors Tuesday awarded a contract to T.B. Penick and Sons of Ontario for seismic strengthening of two existing bridges on Oak Grove Drive over the Arroyo Seco. Penick was the low bid of eight received on the project, at $3.48 million.

The bid was well under the engineer’s estimate of cost, at $3.72 million. Construction is expected to begin in October and run through July of 2009.


Of the total funding, 88% is coming from the federal government, with the remainder coming from the state.

According to the engineering report, the bridge is vulnerable to earthquake lateral loads. The bridge carries a major sewer line serving the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and portions of the city.

The bridges are more than 50 years old, and conform to construction standards in place at the time they were built. Funding is coming through the cities of La Cañada Flintridge and Pasadena, as well as the county.

Mt. Wilson Toll Road to be repaired

In other county action, the board of supervisors has also approved, on a unanimous vote, an agreement between the city of Pasadena and the county’s Consolidated Fire Protection District to repair Mount Wilson Toll Road, it was announced Aug. 12 by Supervisor Mike Antonovich.

The road became impassable following heavy rainstorms during the winter of 2004-05, blocking vehicle access to the Fire Protection District’s Henninger Flats Forestry Unit, causing a delay of more than an hour for District response vehicles who had to use an alternate route.

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